Iraqi-British Architect | 1950-2016
Project: Messner Mountain Museum
Zaha Hadid completed the Messner Mountain Museum Corones in 2013 for renowned climber Reinhold Messner at the top of Alpine peak Mount Kronplatz. It is the final installment in a series of six mountaintop museums commissioned by Messner, the first climber to ascend all of the 14 mountains over 8,000 meters.
Hadid designed a structure built into the side of the mountain, emerging at different points to offer specific views. Three large masses appear to burst through the rockface, each features Hadid’s trademarked curved forms and are made from glass-reinforced fibre concrete. The first two form picture windows, frame majestic views of the Peitlerkofel and Heiligkreuzkofel mountains and the third is a cantilevered balcony that offers visitors a western view towards the Ortler range.
“The Idea is that visitors can descend into the mountain to explore its caverns and grottos, before emerging through the mountain wall on the other side, out onto the overhanging terrace with its spectacular, panoramic views from Zillertal Alps in the north to the Dolomites and South Tyrol.” Hadid explained to Dezeen Magazine.
The museum features underground galleries which will exhibit objects + images + tools from Messner’s life as a mountaineer, these galleries are organized over three floors and are connected by staircases that Hadid described as being “like waterfalls in a mountain stream.”
More concrete forms emerge up from the ground to create canopies that define the building’s entrance. Hadid selected cast concrete to give the appearance of ice and rock shards which reference the geology of the region. The glass-reinforced fibre concrete gives the exterior of the building a pale grey tone, while the interior panels are darker to remember the lustre and tones of anthracite coal.
Zaha Hadid’s style is distinctively neofuturistic; characterized by powerful, curving forms and elongated structures with multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry to evoke the chaos. The Messner Mountain Museum, though one of her lesser known works, is a favourite of Hadid’s designs.
Sadly, today world-renown Iraqi born, British Architect Dame Zaha Hadid died in Miami, Florida succumbing to illness at the age of 65 … a brilliant design mind and formidable female Architect whose loss will be grieved by many.
Photo credit: Hufton + Crow
On Trend / Indigo
Indigo may be the 6th colour of the rainbow, but this hue is certainly tops when it comes to what is on trend in Interior Design. A natural plant based dye that is believed to have been in use since the Bronze Age, is now used around the globe to colour textiles. Many cultures have developed rather ingenious ways of creating patterns and variations in tonal ranges with indigo, especially the people of Western Africa, India and Southern China.
Large quantities of indigo started to ship from India to Europe in the 17th Century and indigo was often referred to as “Blue Gold” as it was an ideal commodity in trading since it was compact, did not perish quickly, was of a high value and in great demand. By 1897 synthetic indigo dyes entered the market and have dominated commercial production since; however, with the increased demand for natural and sustainable products there has been a resurgence in the production of natural indigo.
I have assembled an edit of items on offer via 1st Dibs, a fantastic resource for vintage + antiques + art, to highlight bits of blue gold perfect to incorporate into a space to be on trend. Whether your style is modern + minimal, mid-century, eclectic, modern nomad, contemporary, preppy or new traditionalist, indigo is a brilliant choice!
1. Vintage African textiles: locally grown cotton dyed in relief patterns using traditional methods [top left]
2. Karen Revis Indigo series: Brooklyn based Artist represented by the Sears Peyton Gallery in New York City [right]
3. Indigo Tonus: designed by Aldo Bakker 2012, carved from solid oak it can be both stool and sculpture [middle]
4. Dong pillow: woven by Dong women in Southern China [bottom middle]
5. Ndop pillows: made from Ndop cloth made by the Bamileke of Cameroon with Huang Ping silk embroidery which is a cultural heritage craft of the Miao people of Southern China [bottom middle]
6. 1960s Formanova lounge chair designed by Gianni Moscatelli lounge chairs and manufactured in Italy [bottom left]
7. Vintage Moroccan Rug: Beni Ourian wool rug
1. “Woman Painter” – Spolia Magazine
Diane Radycki’s Paula Modersohn-Becker explores all of these pressures on the female artist’s life at the turn of the century, the way modernism has been defined as masculine and what Modersohn-Becker has to say to the female creator today. [link to the full interview below]
Paula Modersohn-Becker, Woman with Red Blouse
Jeanne Mammen, Langweilige Puppen (Boring Dolls)
Marie Laurencin, Bacante
2. Fromental – new London showroom opened in the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbor.
Fromental was founded by Tim Butcher and Lizzie Deshaves in 2005, established as a handmade interiors house which aimed to make beautiful wallpapers, fabrics and accessories. Focused on craftsmanship, Frontal combines the finest skills together with luxurious materials, blending historic classicism with modern design to create contemporary yet timeless interiors. The creative team is a brilliant collaboration of Designers and craftsman from London to China.
(Hand painted and embroidered silk mural installed in the lobby of The London NYC)
3. Amsterdam – Cuyperspassage bicycle and pedestrian tunnel
Project by: Benthem Crouwel Architects
Designed by: Irma Boom
Crafted by: Koninklijk Tichelaer
80,000 Delft Blue tiles line the pedestrians side of the tunnel. Smooth, hand-shaped ceramic tiles have been installed to create a brilliant tableau which references a restored work by intimable Dutch tile painter Cornelis Boumeester. As pedestrians + cyclists move through the tunnel from the city to the river, the tableau transitions from classic Dutch imagery to abstract pixelation which represents the the journey from the historic district to “new Amsterdam” and is a nod to the evolution of Dutch artistic style. [link below for more information + images]
4. Poritz & Studio – Tambour Vanity
The classic Danish tambour sliding door is completely re-envisioned in the Poritz Tambour Vanity, designed by Architect Aaron Poritz and meticulously hand-crafted in Brooklyn, New York of the highest quality materials and finishes.
5. Moleskine + Adobe
The Moleskine Smart Notebook and companion App connected to an Adobe Creative Cloud membership allows for hand-drawn sketches to be turned into fully workable vector files. [link below for more information]
6. Oliver Bonas – copper wire recipe stand
On-trend copper finish + geometric pattern = spot on for the modern, minimal kitchen
7. Ham Yard – London
Designed by co-owner and Design Director for Firmdale Hotels, Kit Kemp, who is passionate about creating exciting and unique interiors. Kemp is and internationally acclaimed and the hotels + restaurants she designs embody her talent for arranging spaces with a carefree and colourful spirit.
“The Rug Company is the collaborative effort of 1,662 people. From the spinners and weavers, to the people who deliver and lay the finished rug, the result of all these diverse and individual contributions is a hand-knotted rug that will last for generations.
We share a collective pride that we produce and source the finest rugs in the world. Undoubtedly a bold claim, but one that we believe to be true. Sourcing interesting, exceptional pieces requires travel, an addiction to collecting and the ability to spot the extraordinary. We know that during the four months it takes to make each of our rugs, we use the same undiluted craft that was used a hundred years ago.
We understand the importance of the raw material because we know that a rug is only as good as the fibre it is woven from. We use wool that comes from high on the Tibetan plateau, wool that is so rich in natural lanolin that it is oily to the touch. It must be handled by the spinners, weavers and dyers with such reverence that it loses none of its extraordinary properties.
We are consumed by the importance of design. We want to work with design whose commercial success is not a goal but a by-product of their creativity, ability and originality.
We understand the importance of selecting the right rug for each room and we appreciated that this is a process – a narrative – that will take time and can’t be hurried.” – Christopher & Suzanne Sharp
From the geometric, linear forms to repetitive, organic shapes the designs are artful and the colours … the colours are brilliant! NW3 Interiors is thrilled to have The Rug Company products in the showroom, schedule a visit with Carly to see how amazing these rugs are in person.
This week our “7 Things” are inspired by the NYC Architectural Digest Home Show. Nicole, our scout in New York, walked the show and found some fantastic modern/minimal designs. Follow the show on Instagram @addesignshowat.
I also made sure I made it to Chelsea Harbour for London Design Week, although I was devastated to miss the amazing workshop hosted by Fromental in conjunction with Gainsborough Silks. Did you go?
- STUDIO LENA PETERSEN | ART DESIGN ILLUSTRATION | ART MEETS INTERIOR DESIGN | BERLIN + HANOVER BASED: an inspired Instagram account full of graphic, high-contrast patterns and clever artwork.
2. SIMPLICITY IS THE ULTIMATE SOPHISTICATION | Could not possibly agree more! Minimal interior spaces with classic, iconic furniture that is artfully arranged is always modern and sophisticated. Simplicity is far from simple.
3. EMLEIN TEXTILE WORKS | BASKETWEAVE THROW BLANKETS: hand-finished made of gently felted organic fine grade merino wool [locally dyed + spun] that is hand-woven in New England by Martin Emlein.
4. ABEL & COLE | “Delivers organic, ethically sourced boxes of brilliance straight to your door. Choose the perfect weekly organic fruit + veg for you then add a recipe + fish, meat or snack boxes to complete your weekly shop.”
5. WHITECHAPEL GALLERY | Barjeel Art Foundation Collection Imperfect Chronology: Debating Modernism II now on exhibit. Barjeel Art Foundation is one of the most significant collections of 20th century Arab art in the world, the paintings and works on paper show how social change impacts on art.
6. AFFORDABLE ART FAIR | BATTERSEA: British Artist Nick Bodimeade
7. ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST DESIGN SHOW | PIERS 92 & 94 MARCH 17th – 20th: Exhibitor Luke Lamp Co.